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  • April 25th, 2009 | 11:53 PM
National Poetry Month Haiku #25 Flannel Bush

A Flannel Bush is a beautiful show stopper of a plant. But all that beauty comes at a price - the leaves and flower capsules are not to be touched - they are covered with fine hairs that irritate the skin. These are also normally huge plants, big enough to cause one of the nurseries to warn people not to plant it close to the house unless you want to use an ax to hack your way outside. I have a very tiny one in the front yard, at the edge of the driveway. It is the smallest one we have, a Ken Taylor, that I hope to be able to keep under control with careful pruning. It has three flowers on it already and it is barely a foot tall. And even at the low height, I have to stop and stare.

Flannel Bush

careful where you plant
giant sunshine on a stick
where did that house go?

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 25, 2009

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April 26th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
Susan. Totally freaked out here. I just posted a LJ entry and I mention the word BUSH prominently in my writing. (No, not George.)

I can't believe it. I posted the entry. I clicked on to read FRIENDS' LJ entries. Yours was the first to come up and the title is FLANNEL BUSH. I'm shaking. How do these things just... happen? {}

AND... I love that haiku. Sunshine in a Stick is such a perfect phrase.

Your dedication to your garden is so inspiring. I wish I had that talent but it's not something that comes naturally to me. {}

Keep posting your beautiful words and keep growing your beautiful haiku. {}

April 26th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
LOL on the matching subject matter.

Thanks on the garden. I'm a new gardener so what I lack in knowledge I make up for with enthusasiam...I hope. :)
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April 27th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
I hope I don't find out how bad it is. I'm bad about not wearing gloves in the garden and need to remember to do so around this one.
April 26th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Isn't that funny to call it flannel bush, when flannel is so cuddly? I love the color. Maybe a good privacy-from-neighbors plant?
April 27th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
I know...talk about your odd names.

I thought about putting it next to the driveway to hide the house of evil but that place is already pretty full. I think it will be nice next to the street and when the neighbors park next to my house and brush against it, well, oh darn. :)
April 26th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
So pretty - but should have a name that fits it better. Like maybe Pretty Poison or Too Hot to Handle or something.
April 27th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Pretty Poison - hahaha.

The name is so at odds with the plant.
April 27th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
I LOVE this. Giant sunshine on a stick!!!!

This is such a wonderful series, Susan.
April 27th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy. I wish I had a line like that in each of them. I need to keep reminding myself that these are workshop poems written very quickly. I can and will revise.
April 27th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Written very quickly? You must have a built-in haiku ability then.
April 28th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
LOL .... I don't know about that but I told myself not to consider these as finished poems, only drafts. I think 2 hours is about the longest I've spent on any of them. I'm sure I'll rack up the hours in the revision process.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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